In the ancient near east, religion was basically nature worship. “Gods” were associated with basic life necessities. One god controlled the rain, another the soil, another the sun. Various peoples (cultural groups) would place themselves under the special patronage of one or another of these gods and offer special prayers and rituals to that god in hopes that their patron god would help them defeat their enemies (who were supported by their own patron gods).
The rich man Naaman was no different. He had contracted leprosy which was a sign either of his own weak faith or the weakness of his patronal god. And so Naaman traveled around looking for another god to whom he could devote himself. When he came upon Elisha the wonder worker, he went through the same routine. He did the prophet homage and asked how he could please “Elisha’s god.”
When God healed Naaman, two things happened. The first was expected - Naaman decided to take God as his patronal god. The second was not - Naaman declared his belief in monotheism! “There is no God in all the earth, except in Israel. Imagine how radical that was! Imagine how dramatically everything in Naaman’s life would change. He would no longer be able to casually say the prayers with his friends and family before the harvest. He would not invoke the rituals to the god of the sea before getting on a boat. He would be seen as a heretic, a lunatic or one heck of a bad omen. And yet that is the fruit of the miracle!
That’s what miracles do, they build up faith. If you’re looking to ask God for a miracle, keep in mind that they’re not given to make things better - they’re given to build up faith!
Insights From Second Street
October 4 marked my 100th day here at Immaculate Conception. My rocking chair and my porch in Campti feel like the ancient past! The first three months have been a whirlwind of change and adaptation and mourning and excitement. I feel a little like a Taylor Swift song! Ha!
But the roller coaster has been absolutely wonderful. In many ways, each parish calls for more than any priest has to offer. At the same time, each priest has gifts and weaknesses that will be useful in one parish and not in another. My capacity for sitting on the porch waiting patiently for something to happen was essential in Campti and has not been very useful at Immaculate. At the same time, my gifts for relating to teenagers and kids are now a daily necessity. It’s a whole different kind of priesthood, but one I have sincerely grown to love.
The school has taken more of my time than I ever thought possible and yet, I’ve come to believe that it may be the most important thing I do here at Immaculate. Things I expected to take a lot of my time have been relatively easy and things that I expected would take me an hour are now weeks behind schedule.
But isn’t that the joy of being a disciple of Jesus? Every day is an adventure! Some days it’s all I can do to just keep moving. Other days, the adventure is focusing on prayer or resisting the temptation to break a fast. Some days, the temptation to sin is overwhelming. (“Did you hear what Mrs. So-and-so said… Bless her heart!” - Note to self: “Bless her heart” doesn’t mean it’s not gossip!)
Whatever it is that I face on any given day, the one thing I know is that it’s important. God has been so good to us as a parish and as people see that, they want to be involved. They want to know, love and serve God. They want to get to heaven. It’s been a crazy, bumpy, exhilarating and exhausting. And thanks be to God for it!
by Tommy Myrick
It is wonderful to see how in just a span of three months we have come so far in our liturgical worship. Father is singing the Mass. The people are responding. It is a very exciting and joyful time!
Advent will soon be upon us, and there will be another addition to the liturgical worship of the Minor Basilica. Starting in Advent, Father will be offering a Traditional Latin Mass at 5:00pm on Sunday evenings with Vespers preceding at 4:30pm. This will be a wonderful addition to the worship we have to offer!
With the addition of this new Mass, there will be a need for lay people to volunteer their time and talents to create a Schola Cantorum for the Traditional Latin Mass. This is basically the “choir” for the Traditional Latin Mass. They will be responsible for the music sung at the Mass. The music will consist of Gregorian Chant and Renaissance style polyphony. If you’re interested in singing for the Latin Mass, or learning how to sing Gregorian Chant, please contact me at the office 352-3422, or via email at email@example.com.
- No Daily Masses Next Week • Fr. Ryan and most of the priests of the diocese will be on retreat next week (10/21-10/25). There will be no regular daily Masses next week.
- Annual Red Mass is Fri 10/25 • The annual Red Mass in intercession for the Legal and Public Service Communities will take place at 10a on Fri 10/25 at the Church. A reception will follow. All are welcome.
- Attention Catholic Ladies • The CENLA Magnificat Chapter will host a gathering on Sat, Oct 19 at 10:30a at Merci Beaucoup. The event will consist of a shared meal, a presentation by Marianne Vinson and shared prayer for the needs of those gathered and of the entire Church. $15 tickets must be purchased in advance. Please consult Mrs. Joan Gahagan (318-352-8701) for more information. (Sorry, Tickets are not available in the parish office.)
- Pilgrimage Meeting is Tue 10/29 • Those interested in traveling with us to Italy should plan to attend a meeting in the Parish Hall Tues, 10/29, at 6:30p. Significant discounts and an opportunity to question the head of our pilgrimage company will be available. Remember that pilgrimage spots are first come, first serve and our trip has a hard cap of 45.
- SMS Homecoming Mass 10/23, Game 10/25 • St. Mary’s Homecoming is right around the corner. All alumni are welcome to come to our All School Mass in the gym and to cheer for the tigers at Turpin Stadium.
- Tu-Sa, 10/15-10/19, Parish Directory Photos, T-F 2p-9p & Sa 10a-5p,
- Wed, 10/16, CCD Classes, 6p @ St. Mary’s School
- Thurs, 10/17, SMS Football Game (Home), 7p - vs. Montgomery @ Turpin Stadium
- Mon-Fri, 10/21-10/25, Fr. Ryan on Retreat, NO DAILY MASSES
- Wed, 10/23, SMS Homecoming Mass, 9a @ St. Mary’s School Gym
- Wed, 10/23, CCD Classes, 6p @ St. Mary’s School
- Fri, 10/25, The Annual Red Mass, 10a @ The Minor Basilica
- Fri, 10/25, SMS Homecoming Game, 7p - vs. Logansport @ Turpin Stadium
- Tues, 10/29, 2014 Pilgrimage Meeting, 6:30p @ Church Hall
- Wed, 10/30 NO CCD Classes,
- Wed-Sat, 10/30-11/2, Parish Directory Photos,
- W-F 2p-9p & Sa 10:30a-5:30p
- Thurs, 10/31, Holy Day of Obligation VIGIL, All Saints’ Day - 6p @ MBIC
- Fri, 11/1, Holy Day of Obligation, All Saints’ Day - 6:30a & 6p @ MBIC
Within the Sanctuary
Sat 10/12 4p Levi Thompson, (Lector) • Joanne & Michael Yankowski, Elaine Bacon, Mike Bouchie, (EMHC) • C.J.Bouchie, J.Thibodaux, (Altar Boys)
Sun 10/13 9a Joe Cunningham, Jr., (Lector) • James & Betty Durham, Michael King, (EMHC) • BB.Behrendsen, G.&JH.Ingrish, (Altar Boys)
Sun 10/13 11a Joe P. Williams, (Lector) • Cecilia Cook, Haley Johnson, Sam Misuraca, (EMHC) • J.&A.Parker, I.Lovemore, (Altar Boys)
Sat 10/19 4p Mike Bouchie, (Lector) • Jimmy Gunter, Eve James, Nita Maggio, Carl Henry, (EMHC) • D.&M.Thibodaux, (Altar Boys)
Sun 10/20 9a John Ackel, (Lector) • Jeff & Carol Green, Alyssa Odom, (EMHC) • A.Behrendsen, S.&T.Lirette, (Altar Boys)
Sun 10/20 11a Greg Burke, (Lector) • Jean Gill, Barbara Laborde, Joseph Sklar, (EMHC) • S.&V.Maggio, J.Burrell, (Altar Boys)
Memorials & Prayer Intentions
The Sanctuary Candles this week are offered in Memory of Mr. & Mrs. Roscoe Methvin by Adrene & Trish McKnight.
The Sanctuary Flowers this week are offered in Memory of Frederick, Horton, Matthews, & Millspaugh Families by Steve & Emilyn Horton and in Memory of Charlotte & Willis Cross and Irma & Francis Sicard by Bill & Charlotte Cross.
- Sat 4p Luther & Rae Laborde
- Sun 9a Jessica Warner & Family
- Sun 11a Pro Populo
- Mon 6:30a Beau Scott
- Mon 8a Dorthy Benefield
- Tue 6:30a Ethel O. Mouch
- Tue 10a SMS Students
- Wed 6:30a Johnny Martin
- Wed 9a SMS Faculty
- Thu 6:30a Edwin McClung
- Thu 8a SMS Benefactors
- Fri 6:30a Yvonne Campobasso
- Sat 8a Red & Sadie Thomas
Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for this Month are that those feeling so crushed by life that they wish to end it, may sense the nearness of God’s love. And that, the celebration of World Mission Day may help all Christians realize that we are not only receivers but proclaimers of God’s word.
Please pray for our Sick & Suffering: Lolette Allen, Lauren Bienvenu, Mark Birch, Bill Boone, Dewitt Booty, Tripp Bostick, Chad Bouchie, Flo Brouillette, Bailey Byrd, Carolyn Carter, Emilia Cofio, Johnny Cox, Kim Cunningham, Lela Mae Dalme, Joe Davis, John DeFee, Marguerite Felchle, Alma Fernandez, Tom Foshee, Reba Friday, Anne Giering, Lillian Giering, Sophie Gill, Kitty Guillet, Joyce Hayne, Deborah G. Hernandaz, Sue Van Hook, Pam Kerry, Mary Keyser, Martha LaCaze, Daniel Laroux, Brooklyn Leach, Clay LeGros, Jaden Eli Lodridge, Joseph Longo, Lisa Mack, Johnnie Mallory, Faris Michael, Meg Michael, Mary Moss, Barbie Neuhauser, Shane Niette, Jo Norwood, Mary Odom, Judy Risty, Sharon Roach, Wes Rollo, Makaehan Ross, Shirley Roy, Amanda Rozman, Joseph Ryan, Donna Slaughter, Brent Trichel, Billie Vercher, Ruthie J. Wallboughly, Tyler Ward, Jessica Warner, & Janine Waters
Our Sunday Collection last week was $11,096.
Thank you for your generous return to our Lord!
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